No more owies…

Sophie Kay Skiles came into this world on March 19, 2015 at 7:05pm and changed our lives forever.

Yesterday, January 4, 2018 at 2:11pm Sophie closed her eyes on a broken, cancer filled body and opened her eyes in the arms of Jesus. She was surrounded by friends and family that love her for 13 days then took her last breathe in her Mama and Daddy’s arms with worship music playing in the room.

She’s no longer stuck in a bed unable to walk, talk, or be her sassy self. She’s no longer struggling to breathe from a giant tumor. There’s no more owies or people messing with her. She is whole and perfect and probably talking Jesus’ ears off as she holds his hand and drags him all over the place asking ‘What’s that?!’

We take great comfort that she is no longer suffering but, We will miss part of our hearts as long as we are on this earth.

We will be having a very small immediate family service in a few days and a large memorial celebration will follow in a week or so once we’ve had time to catch our breath and plan something perfect for her. I will post details for that soon.

Thank you all for loving our girl. Please keep praying for us.

18 thoughts on “No more owies…

  1. I am so very sorry for the pain you are going through, but also rejoicing for Sophie – fully healed and safe in the arms of Jesus. Prayers for you and all who love beautiful Sophie for peace, comfort, strength and understanding in the difficult moments ahead.
    Love and prayers,


  2. OH! I just have no idea what to say to you and your Husband. I am so sorry that Sophie suffered so much in her short little life, and is no longer on this Earth to run, laugh,and play. Obvious we do not know one another. But, I feel like we have met. Thru you emails of your fight for life for Sophie. Your Daughter is such a cutie and beautiful little girl. I will hold many thoughts and prayers for you and your Husband. Take care of yourselves.
    You are such a beautiful person and Mom!
    Please let us know if you need any financial help.
    God Bless you!


  3. There are no words and even if there were, I would never presume to know what they were. My heart is broken for you and celebrating for Sophie. Her wings must be HUGE, but she definitely earned them! God bless you and your hubs as you face this unimaginable loss. I know that His arms surround you.

    God bless.


  4. Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of your darling little girl. We have had the privledge over the years to be blessed by Randy’ and Mary Dales stories, songs, cds, young life mentoring, the list goes on and on…Our community is better for having all you guys in it. I can only imagine what your ministry will look like now. Sophie’s life has and will continue to help us all in our walk here on earth. Thank you for so openly sharing your story, faith, love for family and our God. May you find peace, love and joy again very soon. Sincerly, Kim Boswell, Athens


  5. I thought about little Sophie yesterday,& my heart breaks now knowing that her little body could no longer fight this awful, cruel disease. But then I also remembered a verse in the Bible reading “All little children come unto me,sayeth the lord”. Dear heart, just know your beloved Sophie isn’t dead, she’s rejoicing in heaven, singing the lords praises. Your beautiful Sophie is a true fighter,& a brave little soldier . And I know she’s in no more pain,and smiling from ear to ear up in heaven . So plz have solace in knowing you’re little Sophie is rejoicing and she’s alive. And will be forever in Peace with our lord & savior Jesus Christ. Enjoy heaven little Sophie, & continue touching the lives of so many ppl.🤗


  6. My heart grieves and aches but my soul rejoices, knowing Jesus wasn’t a stranger to Sophie. I’m part of the Houston Wednesday night Bible study that Randy and Mary Dale visit occasionally with Andy Brink. The Lord has created quite a ministry through your walk with childhood cancer and your precious Sophie. So many lives have been touched for God. Thank you for bearing your souls with us. I’m humbled by such faith in such youth! What a blessing and privilege it’s been to lift you and Sophie to Jesus. I love the image of her running to Him. May you feel His presence stronger as the days wear on. She saw Jesus and we will, too!

    Bobbye Adams Houstonh

    Col. 3:23



  7. There are no words that can adequately express my sadness for your family at the loss of your beautiful daughter. My prayers continue to be with you and your other family members.


  8. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56:8

    Sophie’s journey is not forgotten. We continue to pray.


  9. My heart aches for you. I wish I could take your pain away. What a beautiful angel Heaven has welcomed. If there is anything I can do to help you please do not hesitate. I will continue praying for you and your family.


  10. Brings tears to my eyes as I write this. Why? Because your little girl distinctly resembled at her age my own daughter, who now at 24 years old is in need of a miracle healing as big as Sophie’s. May God bring you and your husband the healing you will need in the days, months & years ahead.


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